West Berkshire landmark, Inglewood Manor, will be restored by November, according to Lancashire based stone masonry company, Stone Edge.
Online PR News – 09-October-2012 – Nelson – The facade replication of Inglewood Manor is expected to be completed by the end of November, despite appalling weather conditions.
The 1830s former Monastery, Manor House and Spa, in West Berkshire, which was demolished in 2009, is to be completely restored by Stone Edge.
The Lancashire-based stone masonry company completed a comprehensive survey in readiness for its full replication.
Stephen Boardman, Contracts Manager, said: “Without a doubt, our progress has been hampered by the extreme weather conditions.
“With this in mind, we have continued to adjust our programme to suit conditions, enabling us to drive forward without too much disruption.
“Work continues on Inglewood Manor which will enable this once impressive building, to be once again the Manor it should be.”
Forward planning is one of Stone Edge’s top priorities, providing flexibility and innovation in the fast paced building restoration industry.
Inglewood Manor, along with its ground, is huge and has had a diverse history, from use as a training centre for young men in 1928 to a health hydro in 1972 and a health spa more recently.
In summer 2009 permission was granted to demolish the rest of Inglewood House on the condition that it was rebuilt, albeit in modern materials, so that its appearance is unchanged.
The work began in 2011.
Restoring old stone building requires highly skilled masons who can carve any detailed item from natural stone.
There are a number of reasons a stone masonry company may be hired to carry out building restoration.
Usually, buildings that have suffered by lack of maintenance are told to restored to their former glory.
They are also carried out when buildings have been significantly changed and they are returning to their former state.
Modifications may have been made to the house over years, compromising its character. This might include installing carpets, dividing rooms, etc.
The process of building restoration involves doing background research before starting any work to find out what techniques the original builders used.
Everything from what parts used to other similar buildings of the time need to be taken into consideration.
This makes for highly enjoyable and fascinating projects.
The most common natural stones are limestone granite, sandstone and marble.
Because these stones are hard and tough, many people believe they don’t need cleaning – but the is not true.
Natural stone not only loses its appeal but also erodes over long periods of time.
Other work recently carried out by Stone Edge
Stone Edge has recently completed a new project in Hinckley and Stowmarket.
Work included: The removal of existing sand and cement coatings from various areas, exposure of natural stone to heads, cills, mullions, reveals and plinths, stone indents, in-situ masonry repairs, façade cleaning, full decoration to refurbished windows, sash window repairs, full façade clean to stone work and roof repairs including the replacement rotten roof timbers and replacement aviary protection and internal decorations.
All refurbishment works went according to plan, resulting in perfectly restored buildings.
For more information on stone masonryvisit http://www.stone-edge.co.uk.